The accident happened around noon in Apiate, near the mining city of Bogoso, 180 miles west of Ghana’s capital Accra. As rescuers combed the site for survivors, videos posted on local media showed hundreds of buildings reduced to piles of wood, rubble and twisted metal, with dead bodies on the ground, surrounded by debris. The government confirmed the explosion was caused by the collision of a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine with a motorcycle. While the exact number of casualties has not been officially confirmed, Isaac Dsamani, head of the Prestea Huni-Valley municipal government where the explosion took place, said officials had counted “about 17 dead bodies” so far.
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